Since 2008, 8 TNCC AmeriCorps*VISTA members have transitioned to full time staff members at their site institution after the completion of their VISTA service. These TNCC VISTA alumni served, and have worked or continue to work as staff members at: Tennessee Technological University, University of Tennessee at Martin, Tusculum College, East Tennessee State University, SCORE, Lee University, and Tennessee State University.
One former TNCC VISTA, Rachel Edens, is currently the Program Coordinator of the Center for Civic Engagement at Tusculum College, which she describes as her “dream job.”
“I can honestly say that VISTA changed my life; prior to serving I was working in a completely different industry and on track to advance in that field. However, there was a fulfillment that was missing and my work with VISTA filled that void. The experiences that I had, and the people I had the opportunity to network with during my year of service were invaluable. They also led to my current position as Program Coordinator of the Center for Civic Advancement at Tusculum, which I often describe as my dream job. It has been wonderful to be able to personally watch the programming that I started as a VISTA grow and develop as a full-time staff person.”